Fishing News

Fishing News2019-04-01T10:21:16-06:00

NMDGF Fishing News

Welcome to the fishing news page. Department-wide news can be found under Home → NMDGF News.

 

It’s Illegal To Possess, Transport and Stock Live Game Fish

It is illegal to possess, transport or stock live game fish into any water (except in the water where legally caught) without a permit from the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish (NMDGF).

New Baitfish Rules

Baitfish use now allowed in Regular Trout Waters with updated baitfish species by drainage and body of water. Processed and packaged fish are no longer considered baitfish and can be used statewide where bait use is legal. Bullfrogs, dead or alive, cannot be used as bait.

New Requirements for Trotline Tagging

Trotlines identification tags must list the angler’s Customer Identification Number (CIN).

New Spearfishing and Bow Fishing Rules

Crossbows may now be used. Spears can be discharged above and below the water surface.

No Trotlines in Special Summer Catfish Waters

Trotlines may not be used in Summer Catfish Waters.

Important Reminders

Buy a License Online or by Telephone

Licenses and permits can be purchased online: www.wildlife.state.nm.us. The NMDGF Information Center is open Monday–Friday from 8 a.m.–5 p.m., except holidays, to answer questions and assist with purchases: 1-888-248-6866. Extended hours for the new license year are Saturday, March 31, and Sunday, April 1, from 8 a.m.–1 p.m. Licenses and permits also may be purchased at local vendors or any NMDGF office.

50% Discounts for Resident Military and Veterans

esidents of New Mexico who are active duty military or veterans can receive 50% discounts on licenses, permits and stamps. See page 4.

Boating Regulations and Registration

Basic boating regulations: http://www.emnrd.state.nm.us/spd/ or call: 1-888-667-2757. Boater registration information: www.mvd.newmexico.gov or call: 1-888-683-4636.

Red, Green or Xmas: New Special Trout Waters

Red, Green or Xmas: New Special Trout Waters, New Mexico Department of Game and Fish

Designations for Special Trout Waters are easy to identify. Signs are posted at each location with bag limits and tackle restrictions for Red Chile Water, Green Chile Water and Xmas Chile Water. See pages 18–21 for complete information and locations.

Dates to Remember

Sep
28
Sat
National Hunting & Fishing Day 2019
Sep 28 all-day

Anglers can fish for free in New Mexico on Saturday, Sept. 28, as the state celebrates National Hunting and Fishing Day.

Anyone can fish for free in public fishing waters throughout the state Saturday, Sept. 28, but everyone must observe bag limits and all other rules and regulations. For more information, please visit www.wildlife.state.nm.us.

For information about where to fish and what to use, consult the department’s weekly fishing and stocking report. Maps of public fishing waters, lists of where to find family-friendly fishing and tips on how to fish also can be found on the department website.

Game and Fish investigates fish die off in Pecos River

New Mexico Department of Game and Fish Public contact, Information Center: (888) 248-6866 Media contact, Tristanna Bickford: (505) 476-8027 tristanna.bickford@state.nm.us FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, SEPT. 25, 2018: Game and Fish investigates fish die off in Pecos River SANTA FE – The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish is investigating a fish die off in the upper Pecos River from the village of Pecos to Cowles. The die off is affecting brown and rainbow trout and is being attributed to stress induced by low water conditions and poor water quality throughout late summer and early fall. Most of the fish observed were adult brown trout and a few rainbow trout. The department expects more fish to die through the fall as brown trout undergo spawning stress and flows continue to be very low. Fish that are caught using legal fishing equipment are safe to consume; however, it is not recommended to Read more...

Native fish restoration activity planned for Whitewater Creek

New Mexico Department of Game and Fish Public contact, Information Center: (888) 248-6866 Media contact, Tristanna Bickford: (505) 476-8027 tristanna.bickford@state.nm.us FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, SEPT. 24, 2018: Native fish restoration activity planned for Whitewater Creek SANTA FE – Native fish restoration efforts on Whitewater Creek is scheduled for Oct. 10-21, 2018. As part of the Whitewater Creek Native Fish Restoration Project, the department will remove non-native trout from Whitewater Creek to allow restoration of Gila trout and other native fish to their historic range. This portion of the project starts at the Gila National Forest boundary below the Catwalk National Recreation Trail parking area and continues upstream to the headwaters. The department will apply rotenone based products – CFT Legumine® and Prentox® Rotenone Fish Toxicant Powder™ – to the stream to remove non-native salmonids. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has determined that rotenone is highly effective for removal of fish and Read more...

Stocking Gila trout in Gwynn Tank is only one of many firsts for this species in Western New Mexico

New Mexico Department of Game and Fish Public contact, Information Center: (888) 248-6866 Media contact, Tristanna Bickford: (505) 476-8027 tristanna.bickford@state.nm.us FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, SEPT. 20, 2018: Stocking Gila trout in Gwynn Tank is only one of many firsts for this species in Western New Mexico SANTA FE – Gwynn Tank, located in the Gila National Forest in Western New Mexico, received its first batch of 203, 10-inch Gila trout. Jill Wick, the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish Colorado Basin Native Fish Supervisor, said “stocking Gila Trout in Gwynn Tank is part of the department’s long-term plan to provide recreation opportunities for this rare native trout in conjunction with ongoing recovery efforts.” Releasing this batch of Gila trout into Gwynn Tank was over a year in the making. In April 2017, a team of biologists set out on the first successful mission to collect wild Gila trout eggs. According Read more...

Fish for free in New Mexico on National Hunting and Fishing Day Saturday, Sept. 22

New Mexico Department of Game and Fish Public contact, Information Center: (888) 248-6866 Media contact, Tristanna Bickford: (505) 476-8027 tristanna.bickford@state.nm.us FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, SEPT 20, 2018: Fish for free in New Mexico on National Hunting and Fishing Day Saturday, Sept. 22 SANTA FE – Celebrate National Hunting and Fishing Day on Sept. 22 by going fishing. It is a day to fish for free in New Mexico, a special day when all anglers­­ – residents and nonresidents of all ages can fish without a license at public waters statewide. All other fishing rules apply. “We want to encourage New Mexicans to take their families outside to enjoy their wildlife resources and celebrate National Hunting and Fishing Day. A day of free fishing is a great way to do that,” Director Mike Sloane said. Adults and teens interested in learning to fly-fish in New Mexico are invited to the Pecos National Read more...

Game and Fish investigates fish die off at Quemado Lake

New Mexico Department of Game and Fish Public contact, Information Center: (888) 248-6866 Media contact, Tristanna Bickford: (505) 476-8027 tristanna.bickford@state.nm.us FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, AUG. 10, 2018: Game and Fish investigates fish die off at Quemado Lake QUEMADO – The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish is investigating a fish die off at Quemado Lake, following reports earlier this week that fish in the lake were dying. The die off affected multiple species including tiger muskies, goldfish, grass carp, crayfish and fathead minnows and is being attributed to low oxygen levels. “Due to recent weather patterns across the state, including drought and high temperatures, die offs have also been noted in the Pecos River, Coyote Creek, Rancho Grande Ponds and areas around Elephant Butte” said Eric Frey, sportfish program manager. Fish that are caught using legal fishing equipment are safe to consume, however, it is not recommended to collect and Read more...